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Old February 5th, 2008, 08:21 PM   #21
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shouldn't stop calling themselves "conservative"?
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Old February 6th, 2008, 10:41 AM   #22
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shouldn't stop calling themselves "conservative"?
Most of them should.
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Old February 6th, 2008, 12:39 PM   #23
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Every President does this on his way out. Just trying to make everyone happy, lasting impression.
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Old February 6th, 2008, 02:09 PM   #24
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Every President does this on his way out. Just trying to make everyone happy, lasting impression.
i'm not referring to this one thing, i'm talking about a multitude of things from the last 7 years.
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Old February 7th, 2008, 06:05 AM   #25
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So the take home message is that one guy is taking out student loans to go to OCC while a few others think that have lost their way. So for all the blabbering on this website about this and that, noone has any opinion on the budget? How it is essentially decreasing funding to our schools? How it is increasing defense spending? How it is cutting medicare/aid? How it is reducing the amount of money we spend on the sciences? Maybe most vocal on the board are too busy to read something as paltry as our budget.
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Old February 7th, 2008, 08:09 AM   #26
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So the take home message is that one guy is taking out student loans to go to OCC while a few others think that have lost their way. So for all the blabbering on this website about this and that, noone has any opinion on the budget? How it is essentially decreasing funding to our schools? How it is increasing defense spending? How it is cutting medicare/aid? How it is reducing the amount of money we spend on the sciences? Maybe most vocal on the board are too busy to read something as paltry as our budget.
i dont go to occ.
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Old February 7th, 2008, 09:11 AM   #27
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Maybe people are tired of blabbering on the interweb about this crap
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Old February 7th, 2008, 09:14 AM   #28
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Old February 7th, 2008, 05:32 PM   #29
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The 2008 Federal Budget

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The fiscal year 2008 budget, passed in the House of Representative last week, is a monument to irresponsibility and profligacy. It shows that Congress remains oblivious to the economic troubles facing the nation, and that political expediency trumps all common sense in Washington. To the extent that proponents and supporters of these unsustainable budget increases continue to win reelection, it also shows that many Americans unfortunately continue to believe government can provide them with a free lunch.

To summarize, Congress proposes spending roughly $3 trillion in 2008. When I first came to Congress in 1976, the federal government spent only about $300 billion. So spending has increased tenfold in thirty years, and tripled just since 1990.

About one-third of this $3 trillion is so-called discretionary spending; the remaining two-thirds is deemed “mandatory” entitlement spending, which means mostly Social Security and Medicare. I’m sure many American voters would be shocked to know their elected representatives essentially have no say over two-thirds of the federal budget, but that is indeed the case. In fact the most disturbing problem with the budget is the utter lack of concern for the coming entitlement meltdown.

For those who thought a Democratic congress would end the war in Iraq, think again: their new budget proposes supplemental funds totaling about $150 billion in 2008 and $50 billion in 2009 for Iraq. This is in addition to the ordinary Department of Defense budget of more than $500 billion, which the Democrats propose increasing each year just like the Republicans.
The substitute Republican budget is not much better: while it does call for freezing some discretionary spending next year, it increases military spending to make up the difference. The bottom line is that both the Democratic and Republican budget proposals call for more total spending in 2008 than 2007.

My message to my colleagues is simple: If you claim to support smaller government, don’t introduce budgets that increase spending over the previous year. Can any fiscal conservative in Congress honestly believe that overall federal spending cannot be cut 25%? We could cut spending by two-thirds and still have a federal government as large as it was in 1990.
Congressional budgets essentially are meaningless documents, with no force of law beyond the coming fiscal year. Thus budget projections are nothing more than political posturing, designed to justify deficit spending in the near term by promising fiscal restraint in the future. But the time for thrift never seems to arrive: there is always some new domestic or foreign emergency that requires more spending than projected.




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What do I think as long as YOU keep putting the bafoons in office nothing will change.
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Old February 7th, 2008, 09:08 PM   #30
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So the take home message is that one guy is taking out student loans to go to OCC while a few others think that have lost their way. So for all the blabbering on this website about this and that, noone has any opinion on the budget? How it is essentially decreasing funding to our schools? How it is increasing defense spending? How it is cutting medicare/aid? How it is reducing the amount of money we spend on the sciences? Maybe most vocal on the board are too busy to read something as paltry as our budget.
No, the "take home message" is that...

#1. A republican president proposing a budget that increases military spending while cutting or holding steady most social programs is not exactly earthshattering

And

#2 it's an election year. This budget wouldn't even start until October 1st. A month later we'll vote a new president in and they'll take office next January. Much of what's in there will be changed or ignored by whoever takes office then.

I love how he says that if we follow his plan we'll have a surplus... 3 years after he's out of office.
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Old February 7th, 2008, 09:13 PM   #31
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I love how he says that if we follow his plan we'll have a surplus... 3 years after he's out of office.
Read: Bush, "11 years and you'll be blown away"

I think Jenny should invoke copy write infringements
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